Being a Terrific UMBC Retriever Booster
You are a booster or by NCAA definition a
"Representative of Athletics Interest if you:
- Participate in or have been a member of the UMBC Retriever Club
or any other organization that promotes UMBC's intercollegiate
- Make or have made financial contributions to any of the
Retriever Athletic programs or to the UMBC Athletic
- Are assisting or have been requested (by the Athletic staff) to
assist in the recruitment of prospects.
- Provide or help arrange for benefits to enrolled
student-athletes or their families; such as summer or vacation
employment for Retriever athletes.
- Have been involved in promoting UMBC Athletics in any way.
- Are the parent of an enrolled student-athlete.
Once a booster always a booster: this is
according to NCAA regulations, even if you no longer contribute to
the athletics program.
Prospective Student-Athlete (prospect): is a
student who has started classes for the 9th grade.
Junior College Prospects: the same recruiting
rules that apply to high school prospects also apply to junior
A booster's role in the recruiting process:
- All boosters, alumni, friends and other "representatives of
athletics' interests", who are not employed by UMBC are prohibited
from making contact (in-person, by phone, fax, e-mail or letter)
with a prospective student-athlete or his/her family for the
purpose of encouraging their involvement in UMBC athletics. UMBC
faculty members are permitted to have direct contact with
prospects, but only on the UMBC campus.
- Do not make in-person contact with a prospect either on or off
the college campus. If you know a coach is entertaining one or more
prospects at an event on the UMBC campus, please don't approach the
coach while prospects are present.
- An alumnus may be called by a prospect to discuss UMBC
generally, but not to talk specifics about Retriever
- An impermissible contact, even accidental could jeopardize the
prospect's athletic future at UMBC, as the prospect could be
sanctioned by the NCAA.
- You may view a prospect's game on your own initiative as long
as you do not contact the prospective student-athlete.
- You may not contact a prospect's coach, principal or counselor
to try to get an evaluation of the prospect.
- You may not visit the prospect's high school to pick up
videotapes or transcripts.
- If you already have an established relationship with a
prospect, you may continue that relationship. You may not though,
use that relationship for recruitment purposes.
- Do not directly or indirectly become involved in making
arrangements for a prospect, the prospect's family or friends to
receive money, financial aid or other forms of inducements even if
such things are available to prospective students in general.
- Do not provide cash or loans; promise of employment after
college graduation; special discounts or payment arrangements on
loans; or employment of the relatives or friends of a prospect;
free or reduced charges for services; use of automobiles; cosigning
for loans, providing transportation to get to their summer job;
loaning or giving money or other tangible items; free or reduced
housing arrangements; payments of transportation for relatives and
friends of the prospects.
- Do not provide free tickets to either home or away UMBC games
or to any athletic or nonathletic event.
- Do not establish any fund for the purpose of recruiting
prospective student-athletes. All such funds must be administered
by the university.
- Do not entertain or provide tickets, gifts, or other benefits
to high school, prep school or junior college coaches.
- You may offer your assistance to any UMBC coach who is
recruiting in your city, such as providing transportation or
suggesting people that they should contact.
- Once a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent with UMBC,
you may only discuss summer employment opportunities with the
prospect as long as the UMBC Athletic Administration has given you
permission to do so.
Employment of Student-Athletes:
- Do not provide employment for a prospect or a current
student-athlete without checking with the UMBC athletic department
- Do not employ a prospect prior to the completion of the
prospect's senior year in high school.
- Do not employ a current scholarship athlete during the academic
year without first contacting the athletic department.
- Do not provide transportation to and from the job, unless the
same service is provided to all employees.
- You may pay them at the same rate as non-athletic employees
performing the same job.
- Do not provide room, board, or transportation or cover the
costs for those items for student-athletes, their friends or family
to visit campus, attend an away athletic event, or other
- Do not pay for any costs associated with any academic
- Do not provide any extra benefit or special arrangement to
student-athletes, their friends or family. Such extra benefits
include, but are not limited to:
- A special discount , payment arrangement or credit on a
purchase or service (i.e. airline ticket, dry cleaning,
- A loan of money in any amount
- A guarantee of bond or loans; including co-signing
- The use of an automobile
- The purchase of meals or services at commercial
- A benefit connected with off-campus housing (i.e. TVs, stereos,
- Selling or giving a student-athlete tickets for various
- Providing Christmas or birthday presents
- Providing use of personal properties (i.e. car, boats, summer
- Providing professional services for which a fee is normally
charged for free (i.e. haircuts, tennis court time, dental or
- Do not permit a student-athlete, their family or friends to use
your telephone for long distance calls at your expense.
- Do not provide gifts or awards for a student-athlete' athletic
performance. All such awards must conform to NCAA regulations and
be approved by UMBC.
- Do not use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete
to advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of any
commercial product or service.
- Do not provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a
speaking engagement. NCAA regulations permit only necessary travel
expenses. All such engagements must be approved in advance by the
UMBC athletic department.
- Do not give any money to any student-athlete. All such funds
must be provided through the university. This applies to even
summer or amateur athletic competitions.
- Do invite a student-athlete or the entire team to an occasional
family home meal as long as:
- The meal takes place in a home and not a restaurant.
- It occurs once per semester
- Transportation may be provided by institutional staff members.
This is the one time that a booster may also provide
transportation, but it is only the booster that is hosting the
Remember: your role as a UMBC Retriever Booster
is greatly appreciated as long as everyone "plays by the